It’s fair to say that Powercoin’s ‘Micromosaic Passion’ series has been a huge hit, striking a chord with collectors that’s seen early coins appreciate heavily on the secondary market. It’s easy to see why. It was a clever idea to take a work of fine art and reproduce it using an intricate pattern of flowing segments meant to look like classical mosaic.
The key to making this viable is Smartminting. In the case of this fifth issue in the series, the 65 mm diameter coin has been ‘segmented’ into 8,000 seperate pieces. This requires a mastery of fine detail and a sharply defined strike, both characteristics inherent in the process. It helps that the coins are also borderless, rimless, and free of inscription.
While the first four coins showcased classic and Renaissance works, the fifth has joined sister series ‘Micropuzzle Treasures’ in mining a more modern vein of work. In this case, it’s Polish painter Tempera de Lempicka, an artist with a striking and visually unique style. This specific work, ‘Young Girl in Green’, was painted in 1929 in oil on plywood, and measures 61.5cm by 45.5cm. Painted in the Art Deco style, it currently resides in he Musée National d’Art Modern in Paris. Her work is much admired today, with one painting selling at Christie’s London in early 2020 for a record £16.3 million.
We described Powercoin’s last Micropuzzle coin by Afremov as ‘vibrant’ and that’s also the case here. This is a hugely colourful and visually arresting piece that’s made the transition to the numismatic world with aplomb. The mosaic patterning is done in complete harmony with the subject, not jarring in any way. We do prefer this mosaic series to the puzzle one, and the symbiosis between the original art and the flowing tiling is the main reason for that. Available to order now, just 499 pieces will end up in lucky collectors hands.